Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) has assured ex-agitators in the Niger Delta that their delayed stipends will be paid this week.
A statement issued by the Liason officer, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo, quoted Brig-Gen. Boroh, lamenting the plight of the ex-agitators over the delayed stipends, reiterated the federal government’s commitment towards re-engineering the Amnesty Programme in their favour.
He maintained that his office is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that their stipends are paid as at when due, pointing out that it would be counterproductive for ex-agitators to take to the streets at a time the federal government is making frantic efforts to address the challenges facing the programme.
The amnesty boss therefore called on all agitators in the Niger Delta region to shun acts that are inimical to public peace, adding that such anti-social actions, such as violent street protests, among others could be hijacked by hoodlums to cause mayhem on innocent and law abiding citizens, to discredit the programme and embarrass the government.
Meanwhile, a leader of the third phase of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, Mr. John Ebi, has appealed to his colleagues to be patient as plans are on top gear to ensure that the stipends are paid this week.
Also, a former agitator under the first phase of the programme and the Executive Director of Peace Advocates Outreach, Chief Jephtah Kalaiti, has also added his voice to the call for restraint, appealing to ex-agitators to listen to the voice of wisdom in giving the Amnesty Office the benefit of doubt.
Nigerianpilot reports that the ex-militants on early morning on Monday block the East-West road/Mbiama axis linking Bayelsa and Rivers state over non-payment of their three months stipends.
Mr. Ebi John, Leader of the Third Phase, Nger-Delta Amnesty Programme, who appealed to his colleagues to shun act of violence told newsmen in Yenagoa that only peace can engender development.
“I am appealing to my colleagues to be patient as plans are on top gear to ensure that the stipends are paid this week,” John said.

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